A win for Kentucky against Indiana will put Jamal Murray and the Wildcats in the Sweet 16.
This will be the biggest game in his young career.
Murray took in the experience in his first time at the NCAA tournament. In the first round against Stony Brook, the star Canadian guard plugged in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a mediocre outing by his standards.
Tyler Ulis and the Canadian stud combined, make one the most potent back courts in the NCAA. It’s on both to guide this Wildcats team to victory. Turnovers must be kept to a minimum by careful and precise looks in the passing lanes.
Ulis will have the tough assignment of guarding Indiana PG Yogi Ferrell.
With all the story lines formulated this game is being looked at as “THE” game of the tournament . Crean vs Calipari. Tyler Ulis vs Yogi Ferrell. Kentucky VS Indiana…and of course Jamal Murray as the closer.
The big stage is a place of comfort for Jamal Murray, as he has proven time and time again over his young career.
Murray is of the rare breed, that thrives under pressure and spotlight.
Today’s game will help define Murray’s college career and calculate his PRO stock which has fluctuated in some scouts eyes throughout the season–it could be the Canadian’s final college game, or a trip into the Sweet 16.
The Kitchener, Ontario product is Kentucky’s all-time leader in consecutive games with made three-pointers and you could expect the bow and arrow to be ready against the Hoosiers.
In the round of 64 he opened 1-of-9 from the field, but got it going in the second half. There will be no room for poor starts in this one.
Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe and the Kentucky bigs were also impressive in game one, however the Cats will go at the beat of their starting back court.
Ulis will have his hands full with star lead guard Yogi Farrell, averaging 17 points, 4 rebounds and nearly 6 assists.
Two years ago we saw Andrew Wiggins exit March Madness in this stage of the tournament, eliminated at the hands of Stanford.
Now, Jamal Murray, Canada’s next emerging star has a shot to make a major splash.
The biggest moment of his career to date.